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NAYS Youth Sports Congress Overview

Each year the NAYS Youth Sports Congre is the premiere educational experience for youth sports administrators! This comprehensive training experience is the #1 conference specifically dedicated to youth sports professionals.

The NAYS Youth Sports Congress attracts youth sports professionals and administrators, park and recreation staff who works with children and youth in any capacity, military sports staff, students and others to discuss cutting edge topics in the field of youth sports.

The NAYS Youth Sports Congress is open to any and all youth sports administrators although the entire event is designed for Certified Youth Sports Administrators (CYSAs) to stay up to date with a wide range of informative subjects and hot topics in youth sports, plus CYSAs attend to maintain their certification by earning continuing education.

As a bonus, attendees who have yet to get certified can earn their CYSA designation by registering through NAYS as a General Youth Sports Congress registrant! General registration includes all NAYS and AB sessions PLUS an opportunity to earn the CYSA credential by attending a bonus session in Orlando followed by access to the Online Academy for Youth Sports Administrators to complete the certification process.

For many years, NAYS has co-located at the annual Athletic Business Show (AB Show) - the leading educational event and trade show for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals for more than three decades. By co-locating, attendees participate in all NAYS and AB educational sessions, keynotes, expo and more. Last year, the 2022 NAYS Youth Sports Congress was held in-person during the AB Show in Orlando, FL. This year, the ONSITE NAYS Youth Sports Congress at the AB Show will take place in Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Convention Center starting on November 1, 2023. 

Participating in the NAYS Youth Sports Congress for the first-time involves 3 educational experiences all in ONE! In Baltimore, participants will attend all things NAYS, the AB Show and have the opportunity to earn the CYSA - at an extemely reduced rate! Don't miss this chance for a 3-4-1 professional development training!

Why should you attend?


  1. Learn and Grow – As a first-time NAYS attendee you have the great opportunity to participate in the Youth Sports Congress plus the AB Show with existing CYSAs and expand your youth sports knowledge. Educational sessions are specifically designed to provide practical information about topics affecting youth sports today!

  2. Get Certified - Become a CYSA! – The General NAYS Registration option includes participation in the special Academy session during the NAYS Congress followed by 60-day access to the Online NAYS Academy to complete the certification process to ultimately earn the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.

  3. Experience the Entire Event – The NAYS Youth Sports Congress general registration includes access to all educational sessions (NAYS and AB), the keynote presentations, the NAYS national awards celebration, receptions, the AB Expo and more!

  4. Networking – Join other new attendees as well as long-time CYSAs and other professionals in our field to learn about other communities and youth sports related topics happening around the country.


  1. Educational Sessions – As a returning attendee, you already know that the Congress and Athletic Business Show sessions can provide practical, cutting-edge information to you, your organization and your community to improve youth sports in today’s changing landscape.

  2. Award Session and Keynotes – The NAYS National Awards presentation provides attendees with a chance to learn about stellar programs and individuals! And the AB Show always provides fantastic well-known keynote speakers for all attendees to enjoy.

  3. Earn Continuing Education and SAVE – By attending the wide variety of sessions, you can earn continuing education hours to maintain your NAYS CYSA credential for another two years. Continuing education processing fees are always included in your CYSA registration! After the in-person or Virtual Congress, you will receive a digital Activity Log and your CYSA will be updated with no processing fees to reflect the documented hours earned.

  4. Exhibit Hall – In-person attendees will visit with more than 250+ manufacturers at the Athletic Business Show. You can find the latest equipment and services to help your organization move forward and grow.

  5. Networking – We have also planned some interactive sessions to allow participants to take advantage of our special networking opportunities for learning, sharing information and building camaraderie with youth sports professionals from other communities.